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Baking Substrate

Discussion in 'Tarantula Questions & Discussions' started by warhorse333, Feb 12, 2018.

  1. Trenor

    Trenor Arachnoprince

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    I still get on every once in a while, usually to answer PMs I get notified on. Life has been changing/busy and I don't have the time to spend on here that I did. My Ts are doing great though I lost my P.cam sack last month. I see you, CB and Ungoliant are Mods now. Congratulations.
     
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  2. EulersK

    EulersK Arachnumerical Staff Member

    Ah man, that's too bad. Sorry to hear that. But I'm glad to see you're still lurking and keeping. Hopefully those life changes are for the better.

    And thanks :) Still learning the ropes.
     
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  3. Michael Newman

    Michael Newman Arachnopeon

    Will the cricket test work the same using dubia? Just a curiosity question when I want to test new substrate as I have plenty of dubia on hand.
     
  4. Dave Jay

    Dave Jay Arachnoknight Active Member

    We don't have dubia roaches here so I couldn't tell you for sure but it's my understanding that in general roaches are fairly resistant to chemicals, perhaps crickets are more sensitive than roaches, but if that's what you have why not use them, if they died i doubt I'd even use it for plants! I've never tried crickets either though, I don't use soil or potting mix with my animals. Quite honestly I'd be surprised if crickets died due to fertiliser in potting mix anyway, mostly it's nitrogen ,phosphorus and potassium which all occur naturally anyway, just not in concentrated pellet form. I think an animal would have to eat the pellets to be poisoned myself, which I guess crickets or other insects might, like I said , I haven't done it myself. I certainly wouldn't use a mix where I can see the slow release fertiliser though. You could always leach any fertilisers out by soaking or running water through a mix as some nurseries do when planting seeds or pricking out small seedlings I guess if you have time to dry it. Maybe someone with first hand experience will advise you further.